National Signing Day: Coach Nick Saban on College Football Recruiting

John ArmstrongCollege Football

The University of Alabama’s head football coach Nick Saban announced on Wednesday that 14 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Crimson Tide, joining nine players who enrolled in January and will compete in spring practice later this semester. The 23 total players, including nine mid-year enrollees, come from nine states – Alabama (7), Florida … Read More

My Highlight from the Signing Day Videos

John ArmstrongCollege Football

When high school star Isaiah Crowell announced he was headed to Georgia I was disappointed because his choice came down to Alabama, Auburn or Georgia. But he clearly had the best plan of the day for showing his love for the Georgia Bulldogs. The only problem would have been if "little UGA" had decided to pee in the excitement during … Read More

The Best Mascot in College Sports?

John ArmstrongCollege Football

I know, I know, I am biased to my toes. But how could columnist Todd Kaufmann rate Big Al No. 42 in the Top 50 best college mascots? Here is what Kaufmann wrote about my favorite elephant: Big Al is a stud and we don't want to mess with elephants. They'll trample you. That's where the elephant came from in … Read More

Can You Say Roll Tide?

John ArmstrongCollege Football

If you are an Alabama football fan then you know the universal password is: “Roll Tide.” Or, in the longer form, “Roll Tide, Roll” or in texting simply RTR. I had at least a half dozens friends tell me about this new ESPN commercial this week. Somehow I had missed it but I found it online this weekend. Here it … Read More

The Iron Bowl

John ArmstrongCollege Football

Only big-time college football fans understand rivalry games. People in Ohio and Michigan, at least a lot of them, understand Ohio State vs. Michigan in their annual battle. Texas and Texas A & M fans understand the same. So do those who went to West Point and Annapolis when Army plays Navy. But no game has more emotion, more lasting … Read More

Why Alabama is a Beast in College Football

John ArmstrongCollege Football

  Those who follow the sport know that running back Mark Ingram, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is hurt and will not play tonight against Penn State. But Trent Richardson  is playing. If you watch this incredible video you will see why Bama is still a true college football "beast" for good reason. Those who are good, and commit to … Read More

College Football is Back

John ArmstrongCollege Football

I have loved two sports for most of my life: baseball and college football. (I have begun to like hockey in a growing way in recent years.) I love baseball because it has a very slow pace and forces the real fan to slow life down and watch a long season in which endurance becomes the big factor over 162 … Read More

My Trip to Pasadena and the BCS Championship Game

John ArmstrongCollege Football, Personal

Friends and regular readers know that I had the thrill of traveling to Pasadena, California, for the BCS College Football Championship game on January 7. It was the “trip for a lifetime.” While it is far easier to really see a game on television there is nothing to compare with the joy and excitement of spending “game day” at a … Read More

Getting Ready for the Big Game in Pasadena Tonight

John ArmstrongCollege Football, Personal

As I noted in my blog of January 1 I was given a wonderful Christmas gift so today I am in Pasadena, California, to see the Crimson Tide of Alabama seek its 13th national championship in collegiate football. This great team, carrying the hopes and dreams of fans from “Sweet Home Alabama,” rides into this big game a favorite. In … Read More

My Surprise Christmas Gift

John ArmstrongCollege Football, Personal

Christmas is about many things. Giving and receiving gifts is a lovely, even fairly ancient, custom. But it is vastly over-rated in the West. Between the modern commercialization of Christmas and the huge marketing campaigns that we are annually faced with this season can be anything but Christ-centered. For this reason I have not been big on Christmas gifts, at … Read More